• Tuesday Morning News

    IOS 7 is the most skeuomorphic, most liberating version ever, says Rene Ritchie of iMore. Apple removed all the green felt and wooden textures, only to replace it with an operating system that feels alive through dimensionality. There's more of that physical interaction between screen and content, just like that delightful effect that means a UI spinner gradually slows down and stops when flicked.

    Part of the reason why we don't like the changes in IOS7 is because it's so different to what we already know. It's called familiarity bias, as Chris Clark explains. IOS 7 is a lot less rounded and a lot less shiny than any previous version, but exactly how many of the new ideas break the laws of traditional design? "Best to embrace it, the good and the bad, and get back to work."

    There might be a reason we're seeing Apple ramp up the dimensionality of iOS, and that reason might just be that we're heading towards a truly 3D interface. Glasses-free 3D already exists in the form of parallax barriers (as found in the Nintendo 3DS), and from there, it's not hard to imagine an iOS that truly features depth, where elements aren't just transparent, but actually feel like they're flush with the surface of the display.

    Apple released a statement on customer privacy yesterday, in light of the recent controversy surrounding PRISM and similar Government surveillance. Apple's commitment to customer privacy remains, as they don't provide government agencies with direct access to their servers, and nor do they have the ability to decrypt iMessages or FaceTime, as both are protected by end-to-end encryption.

    Thus far there hasn't been an iOS 7 beta released for the iPad, but a little hacking can mean you can run an iPad-sized version of the iOS Simulator, complete with iOS 7 trimmings. Judging from the plethora of screenshots on 9to5Mac, iOS 7 looks pretty much as you might expect on the iPad: Control Centre takes up the full width of the display, as does Notification Centre.

    Half a million iTunes accounts are added every day, says Asymco's Horace Deidu. It's an impressive stat that shows just how large iTunes has become *if it were a social network, it would be second only to Facebook, and larger than Twitter and LinkedIn.

    One of the greatest things about the iPad is its stellar battery life, capable for going for a full day without a charge. As Apple brings that same battery life to the revamped MacBook Air, one opinion postulates battery life is the new MHz. No longer do we have a need for faster computers, but instead, we now have a need for computers that can be used for as long as we need them to be day in, day out.

    A video from YouTube demonstrates how multi-monitor users are now first-class citizens in OS X Mavericks. Some guy with six monitors hooked up to his Mac Pro shows off some of the new multi-monitor features, such as how apps can be moved across displays, and more.

    An overhauled version of the GoPro app for iOS means you can access and share Hero3 files with your iOS device. The app, which now gives full access to the Hero3's microSD card, now lets you preview video files from a second video capture at much lesser quality meaning you won't need the best WiFi connection around for it to work. There's a few other changes in the upcoming release, which should be out any day now.

    Dumb Ways to Die is a light-hearted game that either lets you save or kill those brightly coloured creatures. Gameplay is about as simple as it gets, but there's an important safety message here, too.
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